Latest new ‘wonder drug’
IF YOU could bottle this drug and distribute it in pharmacies, the effects on health would be the single most effective medical treatment available in the world. But this drug isn’t backed by massive pharmaceutical companies and is readily available to everyone for free.
This wonder drug is physical activity. While pharmaceutical
drug use is rapidly on the incline, 70% of Australians above the age of 15 were classified as sedentary or having low levels of
physical activity. This trend seems to be getting worse, not better.
In fact, Dr Stephen Blair, a prominent health researcher, recently stated that physical inactivity is the biggest public
health problem of the 21st century. The facts are that it’s dangerous to be inactive. It’s actually more dangerous to be
unfit and inactive than it is to be overweight, smoke, have high pressure or diabetes – a line-up of the known biggest killers in the modern world.
Exercise has now stepped into the realm of ‘treatment’ and has become one of the major pillars of lifestyle medicine
prescribed by doctors to exercise physiologists throughout Australia. Rather than just prescribing drugs, there is a growing
shift to prescribe exercise and lifestyle modifications to treat illness and disease. It makes sense to treat the cause, not just the symptoms.
It has been said that if exercise was a drug, it would be
regarded as a wonder pill. What does this wonder pill do? Decreases the risk of colon, breast, lung and prostate
cancer. Reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 60%. Reduced pain and disability by 47% in patients with knee arthritis.
Reduced progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia by 50% in elderly patients. Reduced anxiety by 48% – it’s as good as antidepressants.
Reduces the risk of heart disease by 40%. Lowers the risk of stroke by 27%. The list of the benefits of physical activity are too numerous to fit on a medical prescription pad. There is no medicine that can treat a range of chronic conditions like exercise can. Taking a pill is easy. Physical activity takes more time and
effort. The benefits are clearly worth it and the side effects include losing weight, feeling great and an increased sex drive – a bit different from the other drug side effects.
If you’d like to get access to this wonder drug, please contact Hamish at Kaizen Exercise Physiologists –
Rather than just prescribing drugs, there is a growing shift to prescribe exercise and lifestyle modifications to treat illness and disease.